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Hortencia Alvidrez

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La Familia Alvidrez lamenta anunciar el fallecimiento de la Señora Hortencia Alvidrez quien falleció el sábado, 2 de Septiembre del 2017. La visita será en la Funeraria Anderson-Bethany el miércoles, 6 de Septiembre, de las 10 a.m. a las 6 p.m. y se recitará un Rosario después de su visita a las 7 p.m. Los servicios fúnebres se llevarán a cabo el jueves, 7 de Septiembre del 2017, a las 10 a.m., en la Iglesia Católica de San Juan Bautista. Después del servicio será trasladada al Cementerio de South Park. Un homenaje de la vida de Hortencia puede ser encontrado en andersonbethany.com donde puede dejar recuerdos y expresiones de condolencia a su familia.
Hortencia nació el 15 de Febrero de 1949, en Cienega de Loya, Chihuahua, Mexico a sus padres, Florentino Loya y Eva Loya Pinon. En los pasatiempos de Hortencia le gustaba ir al bingo, casino, cocinar y viajar para ir a visitar a su familia y amigos.
Quienes se quedaron a guardar la memoria de Hortencia son su esposo de 50 años, Jesus Alvidrez; hijos: Oscar y esposa, Evodia Alvidrez; Saul y esposa, Irma Alvidrez; Jesus y esposa, Mirna Alvidrez e hijo Pedro Loya; hermanos: Erasmo Loya; Elias Loya; Alonso Loya; Hidelo Loya; Fidencio Loya, Chago Loya, Florentino Loya; sister, Lilia Loya-Hernandez; nueve nietos: Erika Alvidrez-Carrizales, Oscar Alvidrez Jr, Raul Alvidrez, Amy Alvidrez, Jeanette Alvidrez, Saul Alvidrez Jr., Beatriz Alvidrez-Vasquez, Jessica Alvidrez, Alex Loya; dos bisnietos: Kimberly Alvidrez, Adolfo Soto Jr., y 54 sobrinos y sobrinas.
Portadores serán sus hijos.
Agradecimeintos especiales a todas las personas que nos ayudaron a cuidarla los últimos días.
Este tributo fue escrito en honor a Hortencia de su familia.
The Alvidrez family sadly announces the death of Mrs. Hortencia Alvidrez who passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017, in Roswell, NM. Viewing will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Wednesday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Hortencia’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Hortencia Alvidrez was born on February 15, 1949, in Ciénega de Loya, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Florentino Loya and Eva Loya Pinon. Hortencia enjoyed going to bingo, the casino, cooking and traveling to visit her family and friends on her free time.
Those left to cherish Hortencia’s memory are her husband of 50 years, Jesus Alvidrez; children: Oscar and wife, Evodia Alvidrez; Saul and wife, Irma Alvidrez; Jesus and wife, Mirna Alvidrez and son Pedro Loya; brothers: Erasmo Loya; Elias Loya; Alonso Loya; Hidelo Loya; Fidencio Loya, Chago Loya, Florentino Loya; sister, Lilia Loya-Hernandez; nine grandchildren: Erika Alvidrez-Carrizales, Oscar Alvidrez Jr, Raul Alvidrez, Amy Alvidrez, Jeanette Alvidrez, Saul Alvidrez Jr, Beatriz Alvidrez-Vasquez, Jessica Alvidrez, Alex Loya; two great-grandchildren: Kimberly Alvidrez, Adolfo Soto Jr, and 54 nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be her sons.
Family would like to send special thanks to all the people that helped take care of Hortencia in her last days.
This tribute was written in honor of Hortencia Alvidrez by her family.

Robert Gustamantes

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Robert Gustamantes passed away at his home in Roswell, NM, on September 2, 2017, at the age of 55. A viewing will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home, followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will be on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 10 a.m., at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Robert’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On November 13, 1961, Robert was born in Roswell, NM, to his parents Silvestre Gustamantes and Aurelia Gustamantes, who precede him in death, along with his older brother, Sylvester (Titoti) Gustamantes. Robert graduated from Roswell High School in 1979. He went on to work at Nova Bus for 20 plus years. Robert was a foreman who worked in many different departments and was very well-known. Any time his name was brought up in a conversation, the first question asked was, “did he work at Nova Bus?” Robert dedicated his entire life to his career, but nothing was as important to him as his two daughters, Tabitha (Tabby) Armenta-Garcia and Allison (Sunny) Sanchez. He took so much pride in the raising of his girls, whom he loved more than anything in this world. Robert was a very proud, single father until he met the love of his life, Brenda Marrero, and her two children, Megan Colby and Terrance (Cleo) Mayes. The two love birds united their families on February 9, 1999. From this point on, his entire life revolved around his beautiful wife and all four of their children. The pride Robert had in his children was unimaginable. He constantly boasted about how proud he was of each of his children and made sure everyone he spoke to knew it.
Together, his children blessed him with nine grandchildren: Roman, Cidelia and Nathan Ibarra, Rowyn and Jordyn Sanchez, Raelee Howell and sisters: Raeven and Ryan Colby, Terrance Cleo Mayes II. Robert most recently, very proudly, welcomed his first great-grandson, Francisco Hernandez. The love Robert had for his grandchildren was a love like no other. It’s impossible to put the love and admiration he felt for them into words.
Robert is also survived by his sons-in-law: Roman Sanchez, Hector Garcia, Jonathon Colby; daughter-in-law, Brooke Fox; sisters: Hopie Espinoza, Emma Jean Gustamantes; brother, Levi Gustamantes and wife, Adrienne; numerous nieces and nephews; and god-daughter, Destiny Espinoza.
Honorary pallbearers are: Michael Matta and Alfred Arias.
Pallbearers are: Roman Ibarra, Nathan Ibarra, Paul Espinoza, Gus Hutcherson, Jason Gonzales and Felipe Gustamantes.
This tribute was written in honor of Robert by his family.

Dad
A dad is a person who’s loving and kind,
and often he knows what you have on your mind.
He’s someone who listens, suggests, and defends —
A dad can be one of your very best friends.
He’s proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient and helpful and strong.
In all that you do, a dad’s love plays a part —
There’s always a place for him deep in your heart —
And each year that passes you’re even more glad,
More grateful and proud just to call him your dad.

Billy Dacus Parker

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Billy Dacus Parker died August 31, 2017 from Alzheimer’s, Billy was born June 12, 1937 in Hagerman, NM to Dacus Burton and Willie Faye Parker. Billy grew up in Hagerman and graduated from there in 1955. He was very active in 4-H and FFA, also in basketball and track. In 1954, he won state in track. He loved to play keno. He loved taking his sons hunting and fishing. He joined the NAVY in 1956 and was stationed abroad the USS Intrepid. In 1958, he married Betty Sue Troublefield, also of Hagerman. By then he was stationed abroad the U.S.S Independence. When his service was completed, they moved back to Hagerman and he started farming.
Their first son Michael was born in 1963 and Mark was born in 1966.
Billy took college courses part time while farming and finally got his degree in 1971. He moved the family to Las Cruces and took a job at La Tuna Federal Prison in Anthony, TX. He retired from there after 20 years of service.
Billy is survived by his wife Betty of 58 years, son Michael (Denise), son Mark (Arlene), grandchildren Alan, Ashley, Heather, Healey, and Kayla.
He is also survived by one sister, Jeannie Gibson (Colorado, Springs) two brothers, Bob Parker (Diane), Dolf Nation (Cynthia) also several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to; The Alzheimer’s Association 125 N. Main, suite 103- PO Box 15159 (88004) Las Cruces, NM.
Graveside services will be held at Hagerman, NM cemetery at 1 p.m., September 8, 2017.
Pallbearers are: Tom Lockridge, Wes Miller, Johnny Davis, Jimmy Davis, Jeff Woolwine, and Craig Pilley.
Honorary pallbearers — Arnold Bustillos, Don Bannister, Bones Mullins.

Betty E. Whicker

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Betty E. Whicker, 81, a woman of great faith, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Viewing will be Wednesday morning, September 6, 2017, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 115 West 11th St., Roswell, NM at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. A traditional funeral service will immediately follow at 10 a.m., also at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Interment will be at Gen. Douglas McBride Veteran’s Cemetery, Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 10 a.m. A tribute of Betty’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Betty was born to Claude and Mozell (Jordan) Smith on December 10, 1935, in Roswell, NM. After graduating from high school, she attended Baptist Bible College. On July 27, 1956, she married Onsy Whicker, who would later become the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church. Pastor’s wife, mother, church assistant and missionary, Betty lived a life of service to God and to others.
Loved ones surviving to cherish the memory of Betty are her husband, Onsy; sons: Steve, Randy and Ken Whicker; grandchildren: Starla Whicker, Justin Whicker, Joshua Whicker, Heather Whicker and Jared Whicker; brothers: Robert and Charles Smith; sisters: Janice Harrington and Joyce Day; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Preceding Betty in death were her daughter, Starla Ruth Whicker; grandson, Jeremy Stephen Whicker; father and mother: Claude and Mozell Smith; grandparents: S.C. and Mary Smith; D.r D.T. and Lilie Jordan.

Lila Marie Lubker

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Lila Marie Lubker, age 90, of Roswell, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel followed by a luncheon in honor of Lila. Pastor Yolanda Limon of the Church of God Prophesy will officiate.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Clovis Wildcats feast on Colts

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The Colt soccer team took on the Clovis Wildcats Tuesday evening in Roswell and lost 3-0.

Falcons down Colts

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NMMI’s Grace Tompkins and Dee Ulibarri go up for the double block against the attack by the Loving Falcons. The Lady Colts [1-3] lost the home match in three sets: 25-21, 25-20, 25-14. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

Kennel club to host dog show

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Therapy dog, local celebrity and show dog Tango, a 9-year-old Golden Retriever steals a moment with his owner/trainer Marilyn Cozzens. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Elaine Mayield is the president and show chair of the Rio Pecos Kennel Club, and Marilyn Cozzens is the treasurer. Cozzens is also showing her dog Tango at the AKC (American Kennel Club) dog show this weekend.

Come sign condolences for Clovis library victims

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The Friends of the Library are placing a book of condolences at the circulation desk for Roswell residents to express thoughts and prayers for the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The book will be available through the end of Sept. 15.

Nuclear energy is for life

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Before humans, before Earth, before the matter of which Earth is composed, radiation completely dominated everything in the universe.

Thanks to sponsors and volunteers

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The Roswell Recreation and Parks Department would like to thank the community for their support of the city of Roswell’s 2017 Race Series.

Editorial cartoon 9-6-17

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(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Creative support for Harvey victims

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Students at Pecos Elementary School use their creativity to show their support for people of the Houston area. (Submitted Photo)

Some sweet things come from rain

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These donkeys enjoy all the new sweet grass on Sunday at Six Mile Hill, just west of Roswell on U.S. Route 380 following the recent rains. PIctured in the background is the Roswell skyline. (Susan Ferguson Photo)

Pink balloon release in memory of Sena

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Friends and family of murder victim Ashley Sena release balloons in her memory Monday at Cielo Grande Recreation Area. (Submitted Photo)

Betty E. Whicker

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Betty E. Whicker, 86, a woman of great faith, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Viewing will be Wednesday morning, September 6, 2017, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 115 West 11th St., Roswell, NM at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. A traditional Funeral Service will immediately follow at 10 a.m., also at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Interment will be at Gen. Douglas McBride Veteran’s Cemetery, Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 10 a.m. A tribute of Betty’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Betty was born to Claude and Mozell (Jordan) Smith on December 10, 1935, in Roswell, NM. After graduating from high school, she attended Baptist Bible College. On July 27, 1956, she married Onsy Whicker, who would later become the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church. Pastor’s wife, mother, church assistant and missionary, Betty lived a life of service to God and to others.
Loved ones surviving to cherish the memory of Betty are her husband, Onsy; sons: Steve, Randy and Ken Whicker; grandchildren: Starla Whicker, Justin Whicker, Joshua Whicker, Heather Whicker and Jared Whicker; brothers: Robert and Charles Smith; sisters: Janice Harrington and Joyce Day; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Preceding Betty in death were her daughter, Starla Ruth Whicker; grandson, Jeremy Stephen Whicker; father and mother: Claude and Mozell Smith; grandparents: S.C. and Mary Smith; Dr D.T. and Lilie Jordan.

Roswell, Ruidoso Boys & Girls Clubs to form partnership

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A group of teenage boys shoot hoops at the Roswell Boys & Girls Club. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

The Roswell Boys & Girls Club, which since 1965 has helped thousands of kids in Roswell, will now get some help of its own.

A slimy affair: How rattlesnakes ‘do it’

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A marriage not quite made in heaven. Two diamondback rattlesnakes mating. (Ray Pawley Photo)

It was nothing new when a neighbor called and asked me to retrieve a rattlesnake from their premises. But to discover not just one, but two diamondbacks — and they were copulating on her back porch — that was new! In my decades of collecting/apprehending live rattlesnakes I had not seen this behavior before except (rarely) in zoos.

A few lesser-known stories about Billy the Kid; Billy’s story weaves with that of Nellie Picket, a Missouri native who ‘led a career as a romantic.’

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William H. Bonney also known as Billy the Kid, who was killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett, in the old Pete Maxwell house, Fort Sumner, 1881. The chain across his shirt belongs to the watch presented to him by Dr. Henry F. Hoyt, who states that fact in his book. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Getting stronger every day; Vistas editor describes his near-death experience, then road to recovery

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As many of you know, I suffered a series of grand mal seizures on March 16 that put me in a coma for a week.

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